Understanding Womb Cancer

New research conducted by The Eve Appeal indicates that nearly half of UK women don’t know symptoms of the fourth most common female cancer – womb cancer.

41% of women in the UK don’t know what the symptoms of womb cancer are. Womb cancer is in fact the fourth most common cancer in UK women.  The research has also revealed that only a quarter (24%) of UK women realise that womb cancer is in the top five most common cancers for women in the UK.

That’s why The Eve Appeal have developed a comprehensive information guide for women who have been affected by a womb cancer diagnosis, but also providing information for families and friends too.

Over 9,300 women are diagnosed with womb cancer every year in the UK, making it the fourth most common cancer in women. If the cancer is diagnosed early, three out of every four women are likely to be cured. Despite this, each year, more and more women are diagnosed with womb cancer and more than 2,100 women a year die from the disease

Dr Bella Smith, a GP with a specialist interest in women’s health, responded to the findings: “The most common symptom of womb cancer is vaginal bleeding after the menopause and it is a very treatable cancer if caught early. As a GP it concerns me that some women put this abnormal bleeding down to ‘one of those things’ and don’t see their doctors early enough. I would like women to be informed about their health and know what to look out for and of course what to expect if the worst happens and they are diagnosed.”

The Eve Appeal works closely with a number of women affected by womb cancer including Faith Caton, and Lydia Brain, pictured.

Athena Lamnisos CEO of The Eve Appeal, said: “ In simple terms, early diagnosis is vital with womb cancer. The fact is, the earlier it is picked up, the more likely it is to be treated. 78% of women survive their cancer for ten years or more after diagnosis and 37% of cases are potentially preventable. We’re in the business of improving these figures and this means making as many people as possible aware of the symptomsfrom women themselves to the men in their lives. Let’s work together to open up a dialogue, no matter how embarrassing it may be to talk about matters of gynaecology. We need to ensure that more women are aware, and talking, and not afraid to go to their GP.”

Hearing the news that you have womb cancer – or are concerned that you might have womb cancer – can be frightening. Therefore if you’d like to speak to a gynae cancer nurse specialist about any of your gynae health concerns, you can contact our free, confidential nurse-led information service – Ask Eve – on 0808 802 0019 – which is free to call from landlines and mobile phones – or get in touch via email nurse@eveappeal.org.uk